Tag Archives: Washington

Workers Stand Up to Unfair Providence Labor Practices

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Labor unions have been under increasing attack in the United States for many years. Last week several dozen healthcare union members of SEIU 1199NW organized an informational picket during rush hour in front of a Providence facility in Lacey, Washington; their focus was to raise public awareness about their ongoing struggle to regain slashed health care benefits, as well as their ongoing delayed struggle for a fair labor contract.

Insurance Commissioner: Universal Health Care is Cheaper & Easier

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Washington state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, spoke about health care reform to an attentive crowd at the Lewis County Democrats headquarters in Centralia last week. Mr. Kreidler, who also is a doctor, addressed many questions about the Affordable Care Act, and also explained how better access to health care will beneficially impact the lives of everyday citizens.

Friendly Water for the World Helps Bring Clean Water to Millions for Pennies

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Nearly half the people on our planet do not have safe water to drink. Friendly Water for the World is a nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers, whose mission is to help expand access to low-cost clean water technologies, as well as information about health and sanitation, to people in need. They teach communities how to construct simple biosand water filters, which remove nearly 99% of all parasites, disease and water-borne pathogens.

Food Activist Valerie Segrest Helps Transform Chehalis Oakville Community

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Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers.

Has Hanford Nuclear Site Already Leaked Millions of Gallons of Radioactive Waste?

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The most contaminated nuclear storage site in the United States has been leaking many hundreds of gallons of radioactive waste, and the deadly leakage may actually have been happening for years. Last week Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that at least six tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been leaching poisonous waste into the region. Each of the faulty tanks contains hundreds of thousands of gallons of highly contaminated toxic sludge.

Chompski the Beaver Moves in Next Door to Washington Republican Joel Kretz

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Instead of building massive expensive concrete dams, the new beaver law helps support a natural way of improving regional aquifers; it encourages Washington to use beaver relocation as a tool for restoring watersheds. Republican Joel Kretz was one of the sponsors of this legislation, even though the conservative politician is not normally beloved by environmentalists. Now a lone beaver named Chompski has just been moved onto Kretz’s ranch near Wauconda, Washington.

Queer Rock Camp Band Showcase Electrifies Olympia’s Capitol Theater

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Saturday night hundreds of people packed Olympia’s Capitol Theater to see dozens of young musicians perform their own original songs. The newly formed bands were the culmination of Queer Rock Camp, a week-long summer music camp that educates and empowers queer youth. The two-year old program not only teaches kids how to be creative musicians, but also provides a positive welcoming community that allows these diverse young individuals to thrive and flourish.

OlyKraut Wins Good Food Award in San Francisco for Fermented Deliciousness

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Earlier this year our friends at the successful locally-owned sauerkraut business, OlyKraut, won a prestigious Good Food award in San Francisco. Their hugely popular kraut flavor, Eastern European, was given the prize in the pickled foods category. Congratulations to all of the hard-working different folks who grow the organic produce, make and locally distribute the fermented deliciousness that is OlyKraut, the best tasting and most addictive sauerkraut that I have ever had the pleasure of eating.

Olympia’s Queer Youth Rock Camp Needs Your Help

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Last summer Olympia Washington was home to the first hugely successful Queer Rock Camp for aspiring musicians ages 12 to 21 . Thirty-three young people participated in the camp — they learned new instruments, created bands together, wrote songs and performed in a public showcase at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia last August. This year they expect at least 50 youth to participate, and they need your help.